Why Secondary Education for Girls Reduces Child Marriage, Early Pregnancies

UNESCO just released its report, Sustainable Development: Post 2015 Begins With Education, that takes a look at the critical importance of education on the post-2015 agenda. The core stance in the report portends that without greater access to education poverty eradication will become increasingly difficult to achieve by 2030. The betterment of women’s and girls’ lives across the globe, most specifically in sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia depends greatly on their equal access to quality education.

In the poorest countries, 2.9 million girls are married by 15. If girls in sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia simply have a secondary education child marriage would decrease by 69%. Secondary education also causes a delay in young girls having their first child. Young girls disproportionately die in childbirth. Education will, in turn, cause a reduction in not only maternal health, but also in newborn deaths. In fact, Brazil saw a a 70 percent reduction in its fertility rate because it became a country priority to improve schools and education.

Educated girls have children later and smaller families overall. They are less likely to die during pregnancy or birth, and their offspring are more likely to survive past the age of five and go on to thrive at school and in life. Women who attended school are better equipped to protect themselves and their children from malnutrition, deadly diseases, trafficking and sexual exploitation. – Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway and Graça Machel, President, Foundation for Community Development & Founder, Graça Machel Trust.

 

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New Report on Child Mortality Trends Released

Today a collaborative report on trends in child mortality was released by the World Bank, UNICEF, the United Nations and the World Health Organization. According to the Levels and Trends in Child Mortality report, child mortality has dropped by 49 percent since 1990. Even so, Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG 4) has yet to be reached. In fact, if current trends persist only Latin America, the … Continue reading New Report on Child Mortality Trends Released

Sharing Moms’ Stories for #WorldBreastfeeding Week: Ebony #WBW2014

Today marks the end of World Breastfeeding Week, but we still have more breastfeeding stories to share after today. We believe that moms help fellow moms through personal stories. That’s why we will continue to share the breastfeeding experiences of new and experienced moms alike. No one wants to feel alone at 2 AM in the morning when you’re feeding your baby and hoping you’re … Continue reading Sharing Moms’ Stories for #WorldBreastfeeding Week: Ebony #WBW2014

Sharing Moms’ Stories for #WorldBreastfeeding Week: Hope #WBW2014

One of the biggest concerns of breastfeeding mothers is whether or not they are producing enough breast milk for their babies. It’s a valid concern. Having a low milk supply can become an overwhelming frustration for mothers. Some turn to formula and others like Hope turn to pumping. When Hope didn’t think she was producing enough breast milk she decided to pump instead so she … Continue reading Sharing Moms’ Stories for #WorldBreastfeeding Week: Hope #WBW2014

Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates in Kenya Still Low

By Maryanne Waweru-Wanyama, Kenyan motherhood blogger and maternal/child health journalist based in Nairobi. As Kenya joins the rest of the world in marking the World Breastfeeding Week, health experts in the country are calling on more stringent efforts to be put in place that will encourage more women to exclusively breastfeed their babies. Though the country has noted an increase in the exclusive breastfeeding rates … Continue reading Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates in Kenya Still Low

Sharing Moms’ Stories for World Breastfeeding Week: Lauren #WBW2014

Lauren, who writes at the Milky Way, shares a beautiful story about loving her son and nursing him to feel a closer mother and son bond. Lauren is open and completely honest about new motherhood. We love Lauren’s breastfeeding story for its raw emotion that many fellow mothers will connect with. Read Lauren’s story, Why I Chose to Breastfeed. “I didn’t breastfeed to be better than anyone … Continue reading Sharing Moms’ Stories for World Breastfeeding Week: Lauren #WBW2014

Sharing Moms’ Stories for World Breastfeeding Week: Alex #WBW2014

For World Breastfeeding Week (August 1 – 7) we will share moms’ breastfeeding stories from around the world. If you would also like to share your story, get in touch at info@mombloggersforsocialgood.com. While there are many mothers who want to breastfeed and can think of no other way to feed their babies, sometimes there are unexpected breastfeeding challenges experienced by mom and baby. Alex, one … Continue reading Sharing Moms’ Stories for World Breastfeeding Week: Alex #WBW2014

Sharing Moms’ Stories for World Breastfeeding Week: Mimi #WBW2014

For World Breastfeeding Week (August 1 – 7)  we will share moms’ breastfeeding stories from around the country. If you would also like to share your story, get in touch at info@mombloggersforsocialgood.com. We loved Mimi’s breastfeeding story and her advice for new breastfeeding moms! Read Mimi’s story at We Were Born With Boobs So Shouldn’t We Use Them? BREASTFEEDING FACT: Less than 50% of newborns are breastfed within … Continue reading Sharing Moms’ Stories for World Breastfeeding Week: Mimi #WBW2014

Join Us for a Chat About Breastfeeding #EveryNewborn #WDW2014

Tomorrow morning, Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 7:30 AM EST we will lead a Twitter discussion about breastfeeding and World Breastfeeding Week during Every Newborn‘s first Twitter chat after the Partners’ Forum that was held in Johannesburg earlier this month. The discussion will last 30 minutes. We will discuss important issues such as the health benefits of breastfeeding and how it can save the lives of … Continue reading Join Us for a Chat About Breastfeeding #EveryNewborn #WDW2014

Photos from the Field: NeoNatalie Newborn Educational Mannequin

In low-resource settings across the globe midwives are learning about the critical first hour after birth that can keep more newborns alive through Helping Babies Breathe training. In Yetoban, Ethiopia at Project Mercy midwives take skills labs classes that will utilize the NeoNatalie Newborn educational mannequin. Midwifery training at Project Mercy is through a partnership between Jhpiego, USAID, and Project Mercy that will feed qualified, well-trained midwives … Continue reading Photos from the Field: NeoNatalie Newborn Educational Mannequin

Save the Date: Our Twitter Chat About #ChildHealth #MDG4 on August 18

August 18, 2014 marks 500 days to reach the Millennium Development Goals, the set of goals signed into action in September 2000 to reduce extreme poverty in a variety of topic areas from eradicating poverty to ensuring environmental sustainability. MDG 4, or reduce child mortality, laid out a concrete goal to reduce child mortality by two-thirds starting with data collected from 1990. MDG 4 has yet … Continue reading Save the Date: Our Twitter Chat About #ChildHealth #MDG4 on August 18

Photos from the Field: Expectant Mother Seeks Help in “Lie and Wait” House #Ethiopia

Expectant woman, Ayelech Fikadu, and her mother, Zarge Badunga sit in a “lie and wait” house at Project Mercy outside of Butajira, Ethiopia. The house was recently renovated by USAID and Pathfinder. Butajira is located in Ethiopia’s southern highlands where many live in the mountains. Women who live in the mountains have a difficult time delivering their babies at a hospital or health center due … Continue reading Photos from the Field: Expectant Mother Seeks Help in “Lie and Wait” House #Ethiopia

Photo From the Field: Nine-Day-Old Newborn

This woman in Mosebo village, 43 kilometers from Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, holds her nine-day-old baby and quickly quiets him by breastfeeding him in her home. Save the Children is working diligently with the Ethiopian Federal Government to properly train health extension workers and provide continuing education for the workers to help save the lives of vulnerable newborns. Through its widely-recognized, global program, Saving Newborn Lives, Save the … Continue reading Photo From the Field: Nine-Day-Old Newborn

Inside Sierra Leone’s Maternal and Newborn Mortality Rates

With an overall population of 5.9 million people in Sierra Leone, 200 women will die today from complications during childbirth. Every year, 2400 women lose their lives due to pregnancy related causes in Sierra Leone. And, close to 10,000 babies die every year during their first month of life. There has been notable progress in Sierra Leone to end maternal and newborn deaths in the … Continue reading Inside Sierra Leone’s Maternal and Newborn Mortality Rates

Every Newborn Action Plan Launches in Johannesburg

Johannesburg – After over a year of work, the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) was officially launched on Monday, June 30 in Johannesburg during the third Partners’ Forum. In May, the Plan was adopted by the World Health Assembly in Geneva by all 194 member countries during succesful, albeit precarious deliberations. The Every Newborn Action Plan aims to save three million lives per year. Currently … Continue reading Every Newborn Action Plan Launches in Johannesburg